Hyderabad: After the Telangana government confirmed that an 18-year-old woman from London tested positive for COVID-19, sources have reported that she is a resident of Jayabheri Orange County, a gated community in Gachibowli.

According to the official statement released by the Jayabheri management, the 18-year-old returned from the UK on 17 March. She was advised to remain under quarantine. However, the management confirmed that the maid and the driver were in contact with other family members. "All the family members, the maid, and the driver are undergoing tests,” the statement said.

Since the 18-year-old had been in contact with the maid, the driver, and a few family members, the management has started the contact tracing process for the maid and the driver. Meanwhile, authorities are awaiting the test results of all those suspected to have come into contact with the 18-year-old woman. The management has also requested the residents of the gated community to not allow their maids and drivers in till Monday so as to prevent further spread of the novel Coronavirus.

According to a release from the Telangana director of public health, the 18-year-old was referred from a private hospital in Hyderabad and is currently admitted at TB and Chest Hospital. Her condition is reportedly stable.

The state government has mandated that “any person who has returned from any foreign country or has been in transit shall be in self home quarantine for 14 days from the time of arrival in India, irrespective of having any symptoms or not. Home quarantine is applicable to all contacts of a suspect case or contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19.”

As of 20 March, a total number of 196 active COVID-2019 cases have been registered across India, according to the data updated by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. Telangana has a total of 18 Corona-positive cases, with one 24-year-old patient being discharged on 13 March.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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